We are somewhat distressed to say that we actually found Main Aisa Hi Hoon quite good, and rather boring from our perspective - which is to give you a peek into the murkier side of all the patented silliness of the moviedom.
We can't dare to make this review a monotonous narration of the excellent plot, strong performances and well-seamed storyline. Without discrediting all or any of it, we'll try to analyse the film from a new dimension.
The movie is a psychology nerd's dream come true. At hand are case studies of an assortment of diversely-afflicted-in-the-brain personalities. There is an autistic, rather 3 autistics if you count his social milieu; there is the case of a chronically depressed millionaire's daughter; there is the case of a chronically-busy millionaire, who realizes eight years too late that his daughter has left home; and there is the case of the hard-boiled lawyer developing emotions worthy of a human being.
Research says that the chances of abnormalities in a society are approximately around 2%; real life says that it's near 100%. Main Aisa Hi Hoon, being closer to real life, uses the life of an autistic person as a prop, to disclose the little weirdness, with which nearly all of us suffer.
Main Aisa Hi Hoon is the story of Neel (Ajay Devgan), an autistic man, who is able to make a living for himself. The story has ventured into the realm of abnormal psychology, to just the right extent, without confusing the sensibilities of the common man. Ajay Devgan has personified autism well, as a seven year old grown up, with slightly uncoordinated body movements, and incompetence with language.
Neel works in a coffee shop, doing odd jobs with his limited repertoire of skills. At home he is supported by a Bengali woman, Ritu (Lillete Dubey), who herself has lost her family in a tragedy.
Into his handicapped yet fulfilling life, walks Maya (Esha Deol). Suffering from Substance Abuse Disorder (basically, a dope addict), and chronic depression, Maya seeks a respite in the immature Neel. She makes the seven-year-old Neel a papa, and safely disappears into another marijuana-induced bliss.
Maya deserts her baby, as she was already nursing a long list of grievances; with her own father, with her dead mother, with her non-existent friends and with her cigarettes. Neel is left stranded with the baby.
After seven years of Neel's efforts, when the baby Gungun (Baby Rucha Vaidya) starts growing older than her own father, Maya's father arrives to claim his flesh. Trivedi (Anupam Kher) is a man not given to nonsense, especially Neel's brand of nonsense.
A grisly court battle ensues, with lawyer Netra (Sushmita Sen) carrying the cudgels at Neel's side. The innovative lawyer is finally able to wring a surprise coup, and secure Gungun to Neel.
Netra is one of the best roles that Sushmita has ever done; even with liabilities like full length suits and utter lack of skin-display during song sequences. Sushmita has accomplished the dual feat of looking her usual stunning self and a brilliant performer.
Ajay Devgan has succeeded to act irritatingly autistic, though his un-mustachioed face might pass for a natural any day. Main Aisa Hi Hoon is low on musical content, but you will not miss it, as baby Gungun's wise smile, and Ajay Devgan's foolish one, will take your attention entirely.